State symbols are often adopted after a collaborative effort by citizens and students to have a significant item recognized for its importance to the state. States such as Idaho, and many others began to adopt some of their own official state symbols several decades ago, and in some cases, over 100 years ago. A state symbol can come in the form of state animals, birds, flowers, amphibians, trees, nicknames, flags, state seals, and much more.
Citizens, children, and educational institutions often research a particular symbol and make a request for a bill, subsequently following it all the way through the legislative process with the hope that it is enacted, and a new state symbol is announced for Idaho. Like other states, there are many Idaho state symbols. The Idaho state bird and flower are the Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii) and the Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides).
What is the Idaho State Bird?
The majestic and beautiful mountain bluebird has been the official state bird of Idaho since 1931. Bluebirds are found in abundance across the whole of North America, so much so that other states use different species of bluebirds to represent them as their state birds. Nevada recognizes the Mountain bluebird as their official state bird too.
Mountain bluebirds certainly live up to their name, they are commonly found in and around the plethora of incredible mountain ranges in Idaho. Additionally, they will be seen across the open plains and areas of America. Compared with other types of Bluebirds, the mountain bluebirds will be found in colder environments during the winter months.
What is the Idhao State Flower?
The Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii) is a truly stunning flower that can be found all across the state of Idaho, which is probably something to do with this remarkable flower’s popularity and eventual adoption as the official state flower.
What makes these stunning snow white and fragrant flowers so unique is that they will grow up to 10 feet tall, which is an amazing height for a flower! The species name is Lewisii, which pays homage to Meriwether Lewis, who wrote all about this plant in his journal. Despite being incredibly popular in Idaho, this species can only be found in 4 other states, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and California.
Most states will have their symbols showcase a relevant story, that is indicative of the state and its history, and the Gem State puts its history and what it stands for across very well in its state bird and flower. These interesting facts about Idaho and a whole host of others are what makes the state so unique and fascinating to those that live there, those that are planning to visit or are researching the historical events of the state and what they symbolize.